Opinion: America is making martyrs of its students

Opinion: America is making martyrs of its students

Gun Rights

MAY 08: STEM School Highlands Ranch senior Jason Hristopoulos (C-R) hugs a friend during a candlelight vigil at Highlands Ranch High School on May 8, 2019 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Source: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images/AFP As an American expat living in Ireland, I’ve heard both sides of the debate on gun control. I’ve heard my American friends and family members cite other countries’ gun laws to defend their own. I’ve heard them praise freedom, heritage, Constitutional rights, all those lofty ideals they believe entitle them to lethal weapons. I’ve heard them complain about some authoritarian entity coming to “take all their guns.” Such arguments often leave me speechless. How do I explain to them that drive-by shootings don’t happen where I live? How do I explain that Irish schools have no need for active shooter drills? How do I explain that guns aren’t banned in most European countries, they’re just regulated? My Irish friends often ask me why Americans “need” semi-automatic weapons for protection. I’ve been asked how many innocent children must die before America wakes up and does something. I can’t answer these questions – but in light of the most recent school shootings, I’d like to offer a cross-cultural perspective on a uniquely American issue. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people Guns are used to kill nearly 3,000 children and teens in America each year. This immense loss of innocent life equates to a 9/11 attack every single year. Between 2013 and 2018, guns used in American […]

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